Job Vacancies: PhD Studentship - Social networks, risk management and uptake of improved dairy technologies


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PhD Studentship - Social networks, risk management and uptake of improved dairy technologies


£14,777 stipend per annum




Scotland’s Rural College
PhD Studentship - Social networks, risk management and uptake of improved dairy technologies

Much recent work on uptake of technologies in Low and Middle-income Countries (LMICs) has tended to focus on farm level characteristics with little appreciation of how social capital influences technology uptake in small holder systems.  Technological growth is often inhibited by risk aversion and productivity gains are often under realised.  Collaborative ventures, through farmer social networks, have the potential to diffuse the risk associated with uptake of new technologies.  Taking a network approach will provide a more holistic understanding of risk management and technological uptake.

This project will extend understanding of technology adoption within LMICs by augmenting farm level economic analysis with social network analysis for a range of dairy farmers operating in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa.  This will be conducted through collection of primary data in rural locations, and application of novel analytical methods. 

This exciting studentship is for 3.5 years, joint funded between Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, University of Edinburgh.  The student will be registered at the University of Edinburgh and receive an annual student stipend of  £14,777, with an expected start date of 1st January 2019.  The student will be based at King’s Buildings, Edinburgh. For field work, the student will be hosted at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. This studentship is funded to pay the tuition fees of UK/EU nationals only. Non UK/EU nationals must provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover the higher international student tuition fee level (approximately £16,740 per year would be required).

SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, delivers comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industry founded on world class, sector leading research, education and consultancy. SRUC’s joint submission with the University of Edinburgh to the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science subpanel of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) ranks top in the UK on research power.

The student is expected to have a minimum of an upper second class degree in sociology, economics, psychology or a related subject with a strong quantitative component and an understanding of smallholder systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.  A Master level degree in a related area is desirable.

Important information

Please download and read the following information before proceeding with your application:

Job Particulars: PhD Studentship - Social Networks, Risk Management and Uptake of improved Dairy Technologies


To apply for this studentship, please download, complete and return the following forms:

PGR Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form. If English is not an applicant’s first language, an approved English language certificate may be required – see further particulars for more details.

Completed forms should be returned to SRUC’s Postgraduate Administrator If candidates have any issues accessing the application form, please contact tel: +44 131 535 4028 quoting reference SRUC/1032271/Barnes. 

To have an informal discussion about this studentship, contact Andrew Barnes, Tel: +441315354042.

The closing date for the return of applications is 5pm on 30th September 2018.

Closing date

30 September 2018